Faculty VII - Economics and Management

Theses at the Faculty VII

Are you planning your thesis?

At the end of your studies, the final thesis is probably the last and for many the biggest challenge. Above all, a proven study focus forms the basis for finding topics and establishing contact with suitable subject areas.

We therefore recommend that you start planning your thesis at an early stage. In our exchange with students, we regularly see what problems can arise, especially when things have to happen quickly and you are not prepared.

On this page you will find information about this topic as well as a link to (I)STROD, the digital thesis exchange of the TU Berlin.*

*Attention: (I)STROD has only been under construction since the end of July 2023. Since then, the thesis exchange has been gradually filled with topics from the departments. So it is worthwhile to have a look regularly.

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„BIV“ - Bachelor thesis information event for NaMa and VWL

You are in the last phase of your studies and slowly thinking about the bachelor thesis? What is the best way to go about it? How do you find a topic and does the library help you? Who could be your reviewers and how do you contact them? When do you have to register the thesis? Are there deadlines for submission? And what if you get sick?  

At least once a year, we hold an information event on the topic of final theses.
Find out about the next date under "News" on our homepage of "Studies and Teaching at Faculty VII". 

Who will inform you there?: The team of the student advisory service and students who are currently writing their bachelor thesis as well as other guests will present, give suggestions and answer questions.
Contact: help@wm.tu-berlin.de

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FAQ about the thesis

Registration / Processing time / Submission

On the website of the examination office you can find general information on: 

  • Thesis registration
  • Processing time (general information!)
  • Submission of the thesis

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Further subject-specific information on the final thesis - e.g. the exact processing time, requirements for registration - can be found on the respective programme pages, e.g. in the study and examination regulations and under the FAQ:

 

non-faculty reviewer

You would like to choose a first or second examiner for your thesis who is not an authorised examiner at Faculty VII? Then please apply to the examination committee in good time (ideally BEFORE registering your thesis with the examination office).

​​​​​​​You can find the application form here.

Group work

The final paper can have a topic worked on jointly by several students (group paper), if the contribution of each student to be assessed as an examination performance can be clearly demarcated on the basis of objective criteria such as sections or page numbers.

A group paper must be applied for jointly by the students as an informal application to the examination board in advance. At least the full name, matriculation number and degree programme of all students involved must be stated. A joint statement by both examiners must be attached to the application!

When submitting the thesis, each candidate must submit a written declaration that the thesis was written independently and without unauthorised outside help and that no sources or aids other than those specified were used.

 

with/in the company

You would like to write your thesis together with a company? This is possible in principle, but writing a thesis in cooperation with a company is an exception and not the rule. In this case, the following requirements on the part of the faculty must be adhered to: 

  • As a rule, the company cannot provide the two reviewers, but only supervise or accompany the work. This means that both reviewers must be authorised to conduct examinations for your degree programme, i.e. they must usually work at Faculty VII.
  • If an external reviewer is appointed, an application must be submitted before the thesis is registered - see chapter "Thesis: external examiner".
  • Blocking notes and non-disclosure agreements on the part of the companies are usually not permitted at Faculty VII.
    However, if the company with which you want to write your thesis insists on a non-disclosure agreement (GHV), only the GHV of the TU Berlin can be used! In this case, you and your thesis supervisor should contact our legal department. The appropriate contact person can be found under the following link: https://www.tu.berlin/personalabteilung/services/recht/ 

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Background to the ban on non-disclosure agreements*:

Non-disclosure agreements entail considerable disadvantages or risks for students, reviewers and other university employees. In addition to liability risks, the following aspects in particular led to the decision not to accept blocking notices:

  • Graduates cannot present their theses in applications to other companies if they are marked with a blocking notice. They must expect that their application will not even be considered by the advertising company if the thesis cannot be viewed due to a blocking notice. 
  • Students cannot exploit their own work commercially themselves or continue to work on the findings and results gained from the thesis scientifically, e.g. as part of a dissertation. 
  • Graduates are not allowed to apply for prizes for the best thesis or to be nominated for such a prize.
  • Reviewers must bear in mind that the knowledge gained from the thesis is not available for teaching and research under conditions of secrecy.

*Source: Handout of Faculty V from 02 September 2016

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Extension of deadline

You cannot submit your thesis to the examination office on time? Then submit an application for an extension of the deadline to the examination committee as soon as possible and in good time. You can find the application form here.

Please refer to your course-specific study and examination regulations for the deadlines to be observed and possible durations for an extension.

Submission form

According to AllgStuPO the completed thesis must be submitted to the examinations office IB (the responsible examination department) in due time, in duplicate and additionally in digital form.

However, it is also possible to submit the thesis in digital form. For this purpose, the consent of both reviewers must be obtained and the examination office IB must be informed of the agreement before the thesis is submitted. The examination board does not have to be involved.  

Further information on submitting the thesis can be found here

What is plagiarism?

  • Plagiarism occurs when a not insignificant amount of someone else's thoughts, ideas and works are passed off as one's own.
  • Incomplete or incorrect references can also lead to suspicion of plagiarism. 
  • In addition to plagiarism, scientific misconduct also includes inventing and falsifying data, as well as interfering with the research work of others.

 

In order to legally protect intellectual property, Germany has the Copyright Act (UrhG). It stipulates under which circumstances quotations (§ 51) may be used and what must be observed when citing sources (§ 63). When taking over text passages from other authors, the source must always be clearly indicated (UrhG, 2017, §§ 51 and 63). If the author draws on the ideas of others without adopting specific passages of text, the source must also be cited.

The General Study an Examination Regulations (AllgStPO) of the TU Berlin regulate the handling of plagiarism and attempted cheating. Teachers of Faculty VII also use special plagiarism software in suspected cases. Proof of plagiarism leads to an examination performance being graded as "not sufficient".

Further information on the topics of "plagiarism" and "correct citation" can be found in the DBWM guide.

No topic found in (I)STROD?

You have not yet found what you are looking for in the digital thesis exchange (I)STROD? Then you can continue to search for topics here on individual subject area pages:

Accounting and Management Control

Digital Markets

Econometrics and Business Statistics

Economics of the public sector, especially health economics

Energy and resource management

Financing and Investment

Industrial Production and Service Management

Information and Communication Management

Innovation Economics

Health Care Management

Logistics

Macroeconomics

Marketing

Microeconomics

Production Management

Strategic Leadership and Global Management

Strategic Leadership and Sustainability Management

Technology and Innovation Management

Trust in digital Services

Business, Corporate and Technology Law

For all inquiries to the departments, please always state your full name, your degree program, and your matriculation number. According to the AllgStuPO of the TU Berlin, mail requests must be sent from your TU account. For inquiries about theses, please indicate at least the desired start date for the thesis as well as a short explanation of why you would like to write your thesis in this particular subject area.

Final thesis: repetition in case of "failed"

According to the Berliner Hochschulgesetz § 30 para. 4, failed theses may be repeated twice.

Each repetition is registered with a newly selected topic. Re-registration of a topic from a failed or aborted attempt is not permitted.